Do you want to make your classroom morning routine easy? Are you trying to juggle student questions, taking attendance, helping Sammy log onto the computer while Marley needs help finding her lost pencil? All this while making sure your students are working on something meaningful without having to give the same directions over and over? I've got a few things that I've implemented over the years that help make our classroom morning routine easy.
Classroom Morning Routine
Your classroom morning routine sets the tone for the rest of your day. A strong classroom routine includes consistency, clear expectations, and and classroom procedures that your students know how to use. This time is an important time for students to be independent
It's so important to be consistent with your morning routine. That way, even your tardy friends will know what to do as soon as they walk through your classroom door. In our 2nd grade class, students always hang up their backpack, take our their black folder, and line up quietly when the bell rings. As soon as I greet them at the door, they know to come in and work on their daily journal. They know that this is our routine every.single.day.
During our morning routine, we practice and practice the first few weeks of school. We review my expectations so many times that I want to pull my hair out. But I know that going over this will pay off in a few weeks. Below are a few areas that I know my kiddos always needed help with. You'll want to make sure you have set your expectations in the following areas:
Where do they get supplies?
Where do parent notes, permission slips, papers to turn in go?
What are your students working on? What do they do if the finish early?
What do they do if they have questions?
Tired of writing the same thing on the white board every day? I got sick of giving my students the same directions, day-after-day. I use these editable assignment slides so I can quickly type in instructions for my students. We use them every single morning. As the students walk in, I don't have to say a word. Everything they need to know is on the slide that's projected on the board. Best part? It can cover all of your expectations! You can try them out for free in my Facebook group in the files section.